Man dies defending female neighbor from burglars on Stock Island

Monroe County detectives search for 2 men in fatal burglary


STOCK ISLAND, Fla. – Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies were searching Saturday for two burglars and the relatives of a man who was killed while trying to protect his neighbor from them.

Deputy Jenna Moeller walked into a home on Stock Island near the island's CVS pharmacy to find a man bleeding on a downstairs landing. When she went up the stairs, there was a terrified woman bleeding from her neck. 

"She had been robbed by two men wearing masks," said Becky Herrin, the sheriff's spokeswoman. "She described one suspect as a large, heavy-set black male; the second is described as a shorter, thin black male."

The wounded woman told Moeller the dead man was a neighbor who came to her rescue. She said he tried to fight off the two burglars. Paramedics arrived and took the victims to the hospital, where doctors pronounced the man dead.

The case was assigned to Detective Matthew Pitcher. He was asking anyone with information about this crime to call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-346-8477. 

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